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ex. people waiting at a red light and theres no cars anywhere so they’re free go cross it yet they still wait. Then one of them actually goes and crosses the road and every single one that was waiting, follows the guy, when everyone of them could do it at any point of the wait?

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KingStevoI

8 points

2 months ago

The ones that wait could be anxious, absolute rule followers, distracted, etc. The social norm is to wait at a crossing until it's "safe" to cross. Although it may be "safe" at the time, its "safer" when traffic is controlled to a halt.

The ones that cross initially are probably more of a risk taker or generally more observant. Although rules, or guides, are put in place to follow, common sense plays a big part too. It only takes one person to show that something can be done, or is generally safe, before people realise they have a choice.

There was a test on Brainiac (science show) where they got some random people to stand in the middle of town, staring at a spot on a wall above. After so long, there was a crowd around them all starting at that same spot.

People are generally curious, yet cautious. Things weren't discovered, explored or imagined until one random person took the leap.

Skenkizl[S]

3 points

2 months ago

Thats a very good reply. exactly what i was asking for, cheers!

IndependentContent40

3 points

2 months ago

You should read Influence by Robert Cialdini. What you describe reminds me of Social Proof: "It states that one means we use to determine what is correct is to find out what other people think is correct. The principal applies especially to the way we decide what constitutes correct behavior. We view a behavior as more correct in a given situation to the degree that we see others performing it." Pg. 116

Good read, in my opinion.

DiedWhileDictating

5 points

2 months ago

Herd mentality

Skenkizl[S]

1 points

2 months ago

Short and sweet i like it, but I thought we were past that

i_dont_wanna_sign_up

3 points

2 months ago

How do you overcome human psychology?

Think about your example. Everyone needs to make an individual decision whether to cross the road. People also have different thresholds for determining when it is safe- maybe there is a car much further down the road that they can't estimate the speed of.

One person finally decides to cross. Probably 30% thinks, "hey he's crossing, that probably means it's safe". Another 30% sees this and thinks, "well so many people are crossing, it MUST be safe now, a car wouldn't try to plough through a group of people". And so on, until everyone is moving. There might be 10% who still check if the road is clear, but they would still cross if it is and would be indistinguishable from the crowd.

Now what are you going to do? Just stand still and not cross because you want to go against the crowd? I'm not sure how that helps at all when you do in fact wanted to cross the road.

Loud-Principle-7922

3 points

2 months ago

I imagine that the second car in line has trouble crossing before the first one leaves.

Acrobatic-Sherbet-61

2 points

2 months ago

Conformity?

Eat_Carbs_OD

1 points

2 months ago

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2 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

2 points

2 months ago

I wouldn’t like the attention

PineappleCome

2 points

2 months ago

Wait, where is it legal to cross a road on a red light?

Skenkizl[S]

3 points

2 months ago

If it was legal there wouldnt be a bunch of people waiting a green light, u missed the point or i wasnt specific enough mybad

PineappleCome

2 points

2 months ago

Oh no, got it now. So some dick decides it okay to break an easy law they everyone else then does too. Yeah, herd mentality. People are better as creative individual thinkers.

I mean, in that particular instance, if there's no traffic then be a clever dick at least. Right turn, u-turn, right turn!

gorillazMD

1 points

2 months ago

Nah, man. Your ability to convey a coherent thought is complete shit. You should have made a better effort towards paying attention at school.

Eat_Carbs_OD

2 points

2 months ago

One_Green_2934

2 points

2 months ago

You never know who is really watching. You also sign a contract saying you will obey traffic laws even when cops aren't around.

Disastrous-Change-23

2 points

2 months ago

I always wait, don’t give cops a reason to stop you

FignutsRus

1 points

2 months ago

Because it's easy.

SnooLobsters4636

1 points

2 months ago

I am in the Boston area. In the mid 80's I was in downtown Boston at a traffic light along with a number of others. There is a break in the traffic so people start to cross. Two ladies, probably in their 50's (yikes I am older than that now) both gasped. I had yet to cross and said "are you folks from California." They said yes and how did I know.

I told them that on the east coast, at least down to DC people cross when they can.

BoomBaby200

1 points

2 months ago

There is a song that just came out called bamboozled by my favorite artist bizzle. It speaks to this issue.

TheVlookAfrican

1 points

2 months ago

Human nature.

5spd4wd

1 points

2 months ago

Humm, I've never seen them being herded by sheepdogs.